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The most valuable items you own.

What I am going to share with you all is personal , but I hope to inspire you with my message and really help you understand why printing photographs is so important.

So we all do it , snap pictures on our phones, snap chat, Facebook etc. We share them with our friends and family , and then months or years down the line we are searching for that one picture of grandma holding the newest addition to the family. Where is the photo ? Is it on Facebook? Did i send it via snap chat and it is now forever gone? Did I take it with my phone and upgrade without backing up my pictures? And low and behold you literally can not find the picture anywhere and it is lost in digital cyberspace never to be found again.

Print your pictures and print keep them safe.

I recently lost a very close friend of mine and the loss was very unexpected and devastating. I saw her in a condition that I barely recognized as her . One of the first things I did is hunt down pictures of her , I wanted to remember her laughing and smiling as she often used to do. Those moments become your only memories when you loose someone . Photos are the only way you could ever see them again and re live those memories. Nothing else has the power to take you back in time quite like a photograph. Most people seem to understand the importance of pictures to commemorate milestones and to share with the living . But once someone has passed on from this life , your photos will be all that remains of them. How often have you heard the question, if your house were to burn down what would be the three things you would save? Majority of people say, photo albums. Not memory cards, usb or electronic devices, photo albums with printed pictures. To touch hold and feel a picture is to really evoke the emotion of the moment. We connect more strongly to printed media than digitized , this has been proven. People don't pass down digital copies as heirlooms, but they do pass on photo albums full of printed pictures. I myself have nearly twenty photo albums from my youth , I am forever grateful that my mom always took so many pictures. Print your pictures and savor them, don't just print the professional ones either , print the blurry one of your child eating out of the cat food dish with the family cat. Print the ones that make you laugh and smile and bring you happy memories. Print the ones through the tough times when you ate ramen noodles and lived in a tiny apartment but had friends over for an awesome get together. Print them all !

Decorate your home with beautiful professional canvases and mounted prints. I guarantee that one day your children will argue over who gets the canvas of your Christmas portrait session that hung over the couch for years.

Photos make a house a home. Photos are art and they are history and they should be shared and enjoyed by all.

When you have friends over , do you grab your laptop and show them all the pictures of your last vacation ? No, but imagine the stories to be shared if you had them framed on your mantel for all to see the time you saw the grand canyon.

Social media has a way of making great pictures seem overly main stream. We may see an outstanding photograph , and idly scroll past it because we are over stimulated and numb to the overload of media being put in front of us. Your pictures are good enough! Print out the photos that inspire you and that you can look at in awe. Sure not every photo is Pinterest worthy , but what does the picture really mean to you. What do you feel when you see it or hold it in your hands?

The pictures I was able to find of my friend weren't of the best quality , and that's ok . But the worst part is that I know there are so many photographs that I was never able to find. They became lost somehow and that is truly unfortunate.

But they are the only photos I have of her , which makes them the very best photos. They are my memories, printed on a 4 by 6 inch paper and they will always have a special place in my heart and in my home.

Through my story I hope you realize the value of printed photographs and make the time to get enlargements made to showcase in your home , and begin a photo album of all your favorite memories. No one ever regrets having prints made, but everyone always regrets having lost photographs.

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